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home : opinion : columnists May 26, 2016

3/26/2014 10:49:00 AM
America at a crossroads
Bill Forhan

"The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite." - Thomas Jefferson

There are hopeful signs that Americans are waking up to the failed promise of our growing government. Approval ratings for President Obama are falling faster than debris from a meteor shower and dissatisfaction with his vaunted health care plan is causing many Democrats to campaign against it.

But it's not just the President who is out of touch and blinded by his own rhetoric. Congress is facing the lowest approval rating in the history of our great country. Republicans and Democrats alike are losing the confidence of the American people.

What's even more amazing is the American people are losing faith in the power of government to fix anything despite the best efforts of a pro-government media.

Young people are becoming especially discouraged as jobs are scarce and the prospects for paying off their student loans is becoming more challenging every day. Many who have witnessed a lifetime of prosperity are beginning to wonder if the chance for them to share in that success is forever lost.

Our founding fathers understood all too well the shortcomings of government. Theirs was a revolutionary idea at the time. And they had to fight the most powerful government in the world in order to establish their vision where individual freedom provided opportunity for those who were unafraid.

Now the patrons of fear and trepidation have played on the strings of a promised utopia long enough to prove once again that government is not the solution.

The question now is will the American people rise up and displace their elected graft merchants or will they double down on following the rest of the civilized world down the road of socialized serfdom.

Our founding fathers rejected the ways of the then civilized world and forged their own path. A path that resulted in the richest most powerful society in the world. But today, the promise makers have called us to turn from that path and join the broken and failed systems that our founders once rejected.

A growing number of Americans are becoming concerned about attacks on our Constitution by the promise makers who claim to have a better way. The problem is that the Constitution is just another law to them. One that is outdated and irrelevant.

The problem is worse than just the violation of the contract between the people and the government. The problem is that many of government officials have already fallen prey to that age old maxim; "Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely"

Consider the gun control debate in Connecticut. When confronted by a citizen asking if he would come to confiscate their guns if they did not comply with the new Connecticut law banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines police Lt. Vance responded that the citizen was unpatriotic. Vance concluded his confrontation by saying he was not a servant of the people. He was the master.

When asked if he swore an oath to defend the Constitution Vance said, "the Supreme Court has not declared the law un-constitutional" so he was required to uphold it. That answer is exactly what the Nazi's claimed in the war crimes trials when they said they were just following orders.

The second amendment was not written to protect the rights of hunters. It was written to make sure the citizens were equipped to make life difficult for an over-reaching government. Three hundred fifty thousand Connecticut citizens have currently refused to respond to their states call to turn in their guns.

The Constitution is under attack. The politicians have begun to assume their role as the arbiters of power and privilege. The Constitution has no teeth if the American people don't stand up to defend it. The Constitution is just another legal document to be bartered and gutted.

Fortunately, we do not need to resort to a force of arms revolution. Our system gives us the ability to change course through the ballot box. But nothing will change until the voters decide to reject the current course. It's up to you and your neighbors. It is time for some honest talk about politics. Make no mistake there are no perfect candidates but we the people must ask them some tough questions about the Constitution and make it clear that we will not vote for those who continue to abuse it.

America is at a crossroads. Which path do you want us to take?

Bill Forhan can be reached at 509-548-5286 or

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